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Jul 2, 2013

Engine Claiming Rule Cancelled For MotoGP CRT Entries Using Official Magneti-Marelli System

FIM MotoGP World Championship: Hiroshi Aoyama (7) and Hector Barbera (8) on their CRT-class Avintia Blusens FTR-Kawasakis.
FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix

Decision of the Grand Prix Commission

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) in the presence of Javier Alonso (Dorna) and Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on 28 June 2013 in Assen (NED), made the following decisions:

Technical Regulations

MotoGP Class - Effective Immediately

The engine claiming rule is cancelled for any CRT entry using the official Magneti Marelli hardware and software.

MotoGP Class - Effective 2014

The engine claiming rule is cancelled completely.

Moto2 Class – Effective Immediately

Teams are currently permitted to request a change of official engine even if the Technical Director has decided that, in his opinion, there is no justification for a change. In the current regulations such requests risked forfeiting a deposit of €20,000 if subsequent examination of the engine showed that it was performing within the normal parameters. In practice this penalty has never been applied and the teams have simply been charged the costs involved for engine stripping and testing.

The deposit which is subject to forfeit has now been reduced to €7,500 with a supplement of €2,500 for any subsequent changes by the same team/rider in the same season. This deposit/penalty requirement will henceforth be applied without exception.
The object of the rule change is to discourage teams from requesting engine changes for frivolous reasons or in the hope of being randomly allocated an engine that might have better performance.

A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed on:

www.fim-live.com/en/sport/official-documents-ccr/codes-and-regulations/